Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The “Great Resignation” in the United States continued as 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in December 2021 following a series high of 4.5 million in November 2021, according to the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) released by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The JOLTS defines “Quits” as voluntary separations initiated by the employee during an entire month, while the “Quits Rate” is the number of quits during an entire month as a percent of total employment. The “Quits Rate” decreased to 2.9 percent in December 2021 following a series high of 3.0 percent in November 2021.
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) estimates for January 2022 are scheduled to be released on March 9, 2022. More information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the JOLTS is at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-job-openings-and-labor-turnover-data.htm.
The “Great Resignation” that saw so many people leave their jobs in 2021 should continue in 2022, according to a survey by a job seeker resource that found roughly one in four of the respondents declared their intentions of finding a new job in the new year, setting the stage for yet another year of turmoil in the labor market.
“As record-breaking resignation numbers continue to rise in the United States, employers are wondering why their employees are so quick to quit their jobs and how to keep them from leaving,” ClearStar, a leading provider of Human Capital Integrity℠ technology-based services, noted in the blog “The Great Resignation of 2021.”
“Listening to employees and their desires for their careers is the first step to developing lasting relationships with them,” ClearStar suggested in the blog. “The resignations could be a result of the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, low pay and benefits, new job opportunities, or a mix of all of the above,” ClearStar noted.
“An employer who accommodates their employees with remote work (if needed) and shows interest in trying to help them find something they enjoy doing in their job is likely to build a relationship with their employees that they are not so quick to abandon,” ClearStar concluded. The complete blog is available here.
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